Fort Nelson natural gas bills to rise in 2021

Fort Nelson residents can expect to see their natural gas bills rise by another $4 a month starting Jan. 1.

FortisBC says its natural gas rates will rise to $2.999 per gigajoule. It will amount to an increase of around $44 per year, based on an average consumption of 125 gigajoules per year, the company says.

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Delivery rates will decrease to $4.064 per GJ, storage and transport rates will decrease to $0.043 per GJ, and basic charges will not change, the company said.

Gas rates in Fort Nelson were increased twice in 2020, first on Jan. 1 and again on Aug. 1.

"We understand that energy costs are an important decision in household budgets, and that the COVID-19 pandemic continues to have unprecedented impacts on many of our customers," Diane Roy, vice-president of regulatory affairs, said in a release. "I want all of our customers to know that they are our primary focus. If any customer needs support with their bills, please call us and we'll work with you to find a solution."

Email Managing Editor Matt Preprost at editor@ahnfsj.ca.

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